Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Police Chief: Marijuana-Related Crimes on the Rise

Thursday, July 31, 2014

While The New York Times editorial board has enthusiastically endorsed legalizing marijuana across the country, not everyone is so sure. Communities neighboring states where the drug is now legal are increasingly worried about increases in marijuana-related crimes.

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Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Political firebrand, musical innovator, Nigerian folk-hero, rebel, and global icon: Fela Kuti was a figure eminently of his time and also someone who was entirely ahead of his time. The story of Fela Kuti's journey is the subject of a new documentary.

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Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week, The Takeaway's partner The New York Times launched "High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization."  Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for The New York Times, explains why the paper took this stance.

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Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its fourth week, Israel stands firmly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A recent poll found that more than 90 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Operation Protective Edge is justified.

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Growing Up in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The violence rages on in Israel and Palestine this week. Amid the escalating humanitarian crisis, The Takeaway hears from a woman who was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza.

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Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.

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Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The last member of the U.S. crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II has died. Theodore Van Kirk was 93-years-old. As a 24-year-old, Van Kirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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The Violent Past of the NRA's Top Lawyer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." That has become something of a motto for the National Rifle Association. But according to a new report by Mother Jones magazine, a bad guy with a gun might be the NRA's top lawyer. 

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It's Not OK Cupid: Co-Founder Defends User Experiments

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The online matchmaking service this week revealed that it had manipulated the information users received about potential matches. Co-founder Christian Rudder says this sort of testing is necessary to deliver a better product - and pair more compatible profiles.

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The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We continue our game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—and take a look at how the battle for the United Sates Senate might go. Today the deck is stacked with races with open seats, where incumbents are retiring, leaving the door wide-open for a new candidate.

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Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Democrats have held the majority in the Senate for almost eight years now, but as the November 2014 elections approach Republicans are feeling confident they can take it back. This week, we're taking a closer look at some of the 36 races heating up across the country. 

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The Electronic Waste Orchestra

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musician and programmer Colten Jackson is getting some use out stuff most of us call trash. With six hard drives and an old keyboard number pad, Jackson put together his first e-waste instrument: The hard drive guitar. It's part of a project called the Electric Waste Orchestra.

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An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread in West Africa, claiming the lives of nearly 700 people. Part of what makes fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone so difficult is the deep-seated mistrust of the government.

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ISIS: From Militia to State

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians

Monday, July 28, 2014

Healthcare workers in some parts of Africa are now taking on two battles—the fight to control the growing threat of the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in four countries since March, and now armed youths who are threatening doctors who they believe are spreading the disease, not containing it.

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At This School, Students Rule the Classroom

Monday, July 28, 2014

At this school, there are no tests, or textbooks—and the students are the teachers. Instead of textbook homework assignmentsthe usual line-up of pop quizzes, and final exams, each semester students design their own curriculum and carry out their own independent projects.

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A Different Kind of Senate Candidate

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gil Fulbright may have is very own campaign bus, but Gil won’t be featured on the ballot come November, because he’s not even a real person. He’s a satirical character, a product of the bi-partisan organization Represent.Us, designed to highlight the corrupting influence of big money in politics.

 

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